Women’s basketball rallies to victory against Idaho State

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Rachel Story led UIC with 18 points. Photo: Steve Woltmann

The women’s basketball team (1-2) had four players record double-digit scores as the Flames overcame a four-point halftime deficit to defeat Idaho State, 70-62, its first win of the season Friday at the UIC Pavilion.

Idaho State (2-1) has averaged 20 wins over the last three seasons and made a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12. The Bengals won 18 games last season and earned a spot in the WNIT.

UIC trailed 35-31 at halftime but the Flames used their size and physicality to dominate the second half. UIC went on a 10-0 run midway through the half to take a 53-46 lead with 8:42 left in the game.

The Flames held their biggest lead of the second half (59-48) with 5:26 to go and hit free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Senior Rachel Story saw her first action of the season and poured in a team-high 18 points in 36 minutes off the bench. Story ollected a game-high four steals.

Senior Katie Hannemann tied her career high by pulling down 15 rebounds. She hit 8-of-12 free throw attempts and finished with 12 points.

UIC seeks its second win of the season today when the Flames travel to Edwardsville to take on SIUE. UIC defeated SIUE at the Pavilion last season, 68-61. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Vadalabene Center.

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